We don’t get a lot of fall color, we don’t have a “first frost” or even snow to signal the end of fall to remind us winter is ahead. My favorite signal that winter has arrived here in LA isn’t even the bundles of firewood or duraflame logs showing up at Lowes or the grocery store. It is the boxes of mandarin oranges, sometimes seen under the “Cuties” or “Smarties” label. What ever they are called we go through a box or two a week through January when they are in peak season.
The box here was spotted at Pavilions here in outer monrovia this morning. The top box is now on my kitchen counter, less two of those sweet tart little buggers.
What is your first sign winter is arriving in LA?
Pic by me with the trusty phone cam.